My Digital Tools: 2020 Edition

2020 has been a crazy year so far. What has been great, are the set of tools available for people to manage their design, code and business assets. Here's a feature set of tools I use on a weekly basis.

Productivity

  • Notion

    Cost $4/mo
    Platform Web

    I use Notion to manage my tasks, projects and goals. Its a no-code productivity builder for the pros.

  • Google Workspace

    Cost $6/mo
    Platform Web

    Google Workspace is used as my email, calendar, docs, and sheets server. Always online.

  • Dropbox

    Cost $16.58/mo
    Platform Web

    I use Dropbox to manage and backup my filesfor design, tech, music & photography.

  • Raindrop

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Web

    I use Raindrop for the collecting and sharing of my bookmarks.

  • Zapier

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Web

    The quickest way for me to connect apps together so I can automate my business processes.

  • Ifttt

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Web

    If I cannot find an app to automate on Zapier, I'll go here next.

Communication & Social

  • Spark

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Mac OS

    I use Spark to manage my 6 email accounts. Its great for inbox-zero processes as I can easily archive emails.

  • Slack

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Web

    Slack is great for joining communities, finding work, and communicating with project teams.

  • Zoom

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Mac OS

    I use Zoom for video conferences with teammates and client meetings.

  • Google Meet

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Web

    The Zoom alternative when I feel like I want to be mega-tracked.

  • Tweetdeck

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Web

    What I use to manage my many Twitter accounts.

  • Buffer

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Web

    How I schedule my social media content when I'm on my marketing thing.

  • Mailchimp

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Web

    What I use to send out my email marketing campaigns.

Design

  • Figma

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Web

    My primary tools for designing websites and apps. Its great for design collaboration.

  • Sketch

    Cost $99
    Platform Mac OS

    My offline design tool for crafting quick ideas and solo work because of its quicker load times.

  • Affinity Designer

    Cost $49.99
    Platform Mac OS

    My Adobe Illustrator alternative for creating logos, icons and illustrations.

  • Affinity Photo

    Cost $49.99
    Platform Mac OS

    My Adobe Photoshop alternative for photo manipulation, editing and creating raster graphics.

  • Whimsical

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Web

    I'll use this when I need to design complicated flowcharts because its hard to do that in Figma, lol.

  • Adobe Photoshop

    Cost $10/mo
    Platform Mac OS

    Sometimes, I'll get clients that will send me a billion PSDs. So I'll grab up Photoshop when needed.

Photography & Video

  • Adobe Lightroom

    Cost $10/mo
    Platform Mac OS

    I use Lightroom Classic to edit my raw photos from my Fujifilm XE-1.

  • Davinci Resolve

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Mac OS

    My free, go-to editing software for IG Stories video and Youtube videos.

  • Streamlabs OBS

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Mac OS

    How I stream what's on my screen to Youtube or Twitch.

  • Loom

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Mac OS

    Screen capturing tool to walk clients through software.

Development

  • Visual Studio Code

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Mac OS

    Where I code my websites and apps.

  • Hyper

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Mac OS

    The MacOS terminal software I use that's extendable and fun to use.

  • Netlify

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Web

    Where I host my static Jamstack websites.

  • Digital Ocean

    Cost $5/mo
    Platform Web

    Semi-traditional hosting platform where Wordpress and React websites live.

  • Middleman

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Web

    The framework I use to build all my static Jamstack websites. Built with Ruby.

  • Google Fonts

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Web

    The best free web fonts on the internet. Easy to install, never goes down.

  • Contentful

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Web

    My headless content management system of choice when building Jamstack websites for myself and my clients.

  • Google Domains

    Cost $84/yr
    Platform Web

    Where I purchase most of my domains. They might not have a few crazy extensions, but most of the time, they have what I need.

  • Google Analytics

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Web

    The tracking tool I use for my websites to understand my site metrics such as how people find me, returning user data, etc.

Music Production

  • Ableton Live

    Cost $99
    Platform Mac OS

    My main production sampler & DAW for the creation stage of music production.

  • Logic Pro X

    Cost $199.99
    Platform Mac OS

    My secondary production DAW, primarily for music mixing and mastering and some creation.

  • Spotify

    Cost $10/MO
    Platform Mac OS

    Where I listen to music and gather inspiration for new music to create.

  • Splice

    Cost $19.99/mo
    Platform Mac OS

    How I rent to own instrument and mixing plugins for music creation. The kits are nice as well.

Internet & Security

  • Chrome

    Cost Your data
    Platform Mac OS

    Main browser of choice for casual browsing to web development.

  • Windscribe

    Cost $50
    Platform Mac OS

    VPN software I use to mask my IP address when on public wifi.

  • Enpass

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Mac OS

    Password management app that syncs between my laptop and phone via Dropbox.

Utility

  • Clean

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Mac OS

    Clean automatically moves files from my desktop to a folder in my documents, everyday.

  • Moom

    Cost $10
    Platform Mac OS

    Handy utility that lets me organize my windows into tidy grids.

  • Rescue Time

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Web & Mac OS

    Track the time I spend on my laptop and what apps I use during that time.

Reading & Content

  • Audible

    Cost $10/mo
    Platform Web

    How I learn by listening. I rarely have time to read, but I do have time to listen while working. So I buy and listen to my audio books here.

  • Panda App

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Web

    My go to RSS feed for design, code, tech and business news.

  • Feedly

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Web

    Where I store all my lead gen content at. Its another RSS feed, but just better for my lead gen stuff.

Finances

  • Azlo

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Web

    My neo-bank of choice for business bank accounts for freelancers & entrepreneurs. I've banked with Azlo for a minute and A+ so far.

  • Simple

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Web

    My personal neo-banking system for the past few years. I love how simple it is. I can transfer money from my Azlo to my Simple in seconds.

  • Wave

    Cost $0/mo
    Platform Web

    How I manage my accounting for all of my businesses. You only have to pay when you have to pay people (which I do for free via Azlo, lol).

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